Winter Carnival Wrap-Up and Adventure Spring Break

February 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

Hello Parents,

I hope your students enjoyed Winter Carnival. With the festivities concluded, campus is once again calm.

The winning snow statue in the Fraternities division, created by Phi Kappa Tau.

The winning snow statue in the fraternities division, created by Phi Kappa Tau.

Like every year, this year’s Winter Carnival was fantastic and invigorating. The overall winner was Air Force ROTC, taking first place in special events, second place in Stage Revue, and second place in the snow statue competition in the student organization division. The 2014 Winter Carnival Queen was Janna Clement, who was sponsored by Delta Zeta sorority and Swift’s True Value Hardware.

My favorite part part of Winter Carnival is the snow statue competition, and they were quite impressive this year. Phi Kappa Tau won the fraternities division, Alpha Sigma Tau won the women’s groups division, Summit/Women In Engineering took the residence halls division, and Army ROTC won the student organizations division. Although Winter Carnival is now over, it’s nice to see the statues still standing on campus. It gives us all a sense of promise as we continue to work our way through the semester.

As we approach the bulk of the semester, it’s time for your student to start considering his or her plans for Spring Break. This year, Spring Break will take place March 10 through 14. Through the Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP), Michigan Tech offers a variety of Adventure Spring Break (ASB) adventures for students to participate in. ASB provides opportunities to explore new places through excursions outside of the Keweenaw. This year, a number of different adventures are being offered, including a trip to Puerto Rico, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and Buffalo River, Arkansas. All ASB trips are lead by student trip leaders who are certified in Wilderness First Responding and have had prior experience with ASB trips. ASB is not only a wonderful opportunity for your student to broaden their horizons and break out of their comfort zones, but their participation can also earn them Physical Education credit for Track A of the Spring 2014 semester! Below, you can find more more information about the trips offered through ASB.

Puerto Rico
Cost: $1,300
Includes transportation (rental cars and airfare), breakfast, lodging, surfing lesson, waterfall hikes, and snorkeling. For more information, contact: Carly at or 248-881-5494, or Ryan at

A sunset at the Great Smokey Mountains National Park.  Photo courtesy of Gettysburg College.

A sunset at the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. Photo courtesy of Gettysburg College.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Cost: $450-500
Includes transportation, food, backpacking, whitewater rafting, historic mill tours, waterfalls, and exploring. For more information contact: Karl at

Buffalo River, Arkansas
Cost: $450
Includes transportation, food, canoeing, and hiking. For more information contact: OAP at

These are truly great opportunities for your student to embark on new experiences and learn something new. If your student is interested in participating in any of these trips, I would recommend that they attend the informational meeting on February 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the OAP House. If you or your student have any questions about ASB, email

That’s it for this week! I hope you all have a great rest of the week and enjoy the lovely winter weather. If you have any questions about Adventure Spring Breaks or would like to see more information about a specific topic, please feel free to email me at Until next time!



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